On the 5th of October, HBO released the long-anticipated trailer of House of Dragons, featuring key characters.
Dreams Didn’t Make Us Kings, Dragons Did
More than two years after the controversial finale of Game of Thrones, fans finally got a glimpse of its prequel – House of Dragons. The people behind it are Martin and Ryan Condal, working as co-creators and showrunners. They will collaborate with Miguel Sapochnik.
The plot centers around House Targaryen, two centuries before Daenerys reaches the Iron Throne.
In the prequel, Westeros is ruled by Viserys I (Paddy Considine). His daughter Rhaenyra is set to become queen, the family owns the mindblowing 17 dragons and there’s seemingly nothing that can rain on this parade.
This, however, is the beginning of a huge civil war, which ends the lives of most of the dragons and completely wrecks the continent. The author, George R. R. Martin aptly named it the Dance of the dragons.
The first seconds of the trailer show Daemon Targaryen, played by perhaps the most famous name in the cast – Matt Smith (Doctor Who). He’s Viserys’ brother and one of the greatest warriors on the continent.
His niece, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), is the heir to the throne. The plot centers around her relationship with her uncle, which is one of the sparks that ignite the war.
The trailer also features ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). Named Hand of the King, he’s one of the most famous characters in the A Song of Ice and Fire (ASoIaF) universe. The long-time rivalry between him and Daemon is just another ingredient to the upcoming war.
Another key character – Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooker), shows up running in distress, holding a familiar Valyrian dagger. King Viserys’ infatuation with the lady sets the Dance of the dragons in motion.
In addition, fans got to see Corlys Velaryon a.k.a. The Sea Snake (Steve Toussaint), Daemon’s mistress Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), and ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).
The show’s premiere will be in 2022. All 10 episodes will air on the streaming services HBO and HBO Max.